I will give you my input on the bodies how they handle my thoughts on the look, the styling evolution of kind of the chuggy class, but first i want to touch on. I want to hear from you guys so post your comments. I want to hear your thoughts, your feedback on the new style body, verse, the older traditional bodies. I have here the j concepts, finisher body, which has been around for a number of years and is made for all the the popular 1 8 trucks out there. In my opinion, this is kind of the coolest looking truck body that’s ever been produced. I think that’s part of the reason why it’s been around so long it’s been hard to kind of top the finisher body, and then we have here the new j concepts body that doesn’t have a name. It could possibly change some in styling and how it’s mounted these were prototype bodies that paul win from j concepts made for the mugen, also the associated truck, maybe even some other trucks, but i know for sure the mugen and the associated trucks. Overall, i think the bodies look awesome. The body’s handled really good, but we’ll dive into that deeper. Once we take a little bit of a closer look. But again i want to hear from you guys, post post in the comments leave me a message want to know your thoughts between the traditional truck bodies versus the new school truck bodies that were recently kind of showcased at the roar 1 8 fuel nationals.
So i want to start off by saying hats off to techno rc. I think it’s, pretty cool, that techno looked into the rules, saw that the rules for the truggy bodies were pretty vague, that there they weren’t kind of as set in stone or cut and dry. As you might think, some of the rules should be and they took a gamble. They they made a body that looks different, whether you love it or hate it, but i think it’s super cool that they’re pushing the limits, making changes and i’m going to also post some pictures, that’ll kind of show a bit of a timeline of the chuggy class And just how the bodies have evolved over the years – and i think it’s really cool to see you look at the buggies and for the most part you can look way way back in in history, they’re very early, eight scale buggies and yes, they look different now, But because of the tighter guidelines, the the bodies haven’t really changed as much. Yes, the cab is a bit more forward. The styling of the bodies is a little bit different, but overall they have fairly similar, looks where you’ll see with some of the photos that i’m going to post that the original trucks were. I mean they were almost just like globs of lexan in a sense like because they had to cover the rear shock tower the front shock tower. They didn’t really look like much of a truck um back when i was with horizon.
Tlr did the first cab forward truck design. I believe that was dan hissum that drew that and again i think, it’s just really cool to see the evolution of things. Kind of change and – and part of this is because the rules weren’t really defined as clearly as what they maybe should have been. So, whether you like the look of the new bodies or the look of the old bodies, you still have the option. You can run either one and who knows ror may tighten those guidelines and make changes that are going to force us to go back to the old bodies or to possibly tweak the new style bodies. So it’s going to be cool to see it’s going to be interesting, but overall i think it’s really cool that techno kind of pushed the envelope they’ve had some success. Jared tebow won silver state recently, and then you see j concepts and pro lines show up at the very next major race, both with new kind of similar style, chuggy bodies that don’t cover the front, rear shock tower that have more of a nose plate and look More like kind of an overgrown buggy body, so hats off to them and now i’m gon na get into what i felt, the the handling characteristics or differences were between the traditional body and the new body. So i started the race or practice at the aurora nationals with a new j concept. Finisher body i didn’t – have the new body cut out yet, but first i want to say thank you to chris norlock from dark side designs.
He got. The body turned around super fast got stickers from stick it one super quick, so i was able to get the body cut out, stickered and ready for. I believe it was. The third practice run when i ran it for the first time, but so started with my truck in just the normal configuration normal body wing and everything like that, and i was in race one of truck so the first two rounds. They watered the track for race. One so i had very consistent track conditions truck felt good, maybe a slight understeer, but that was just because the grip levels – haven’t hadn’t, come up on the track. Yet so for round three of truck. They changed the water schedule, so i did have a little bit drier track, but i switched to the new j concepts truck body and i would say at first it was the thing that kind of threw me off. The most was as the truck rounded the corner and was coming back at me, the small front grill and headlights um. It was just a little weird it it made me realize how much i guess i kind of focus on or or you know, go off the the front or the grill of the truck. But the thing that i noticed was, i was able to drive the truck more like a buggy like i didn’t feel like i had to really throw it into the corner as much.
It felt a little bit more nimble drove a little bit flatter, probably because of the little bit lower center of gravity and just overall less weight from the body. But overall i thought the the truck handled really good. I pretty much from there on. I just committed that’s what i was going to run throughout the rest of the race, because i thought the initial feeling was was very positive, now that’s, not to say that the old style body doesn’t work. Well, if, if you like the styling of the old body and that’s, what you want to stick with so be it. But i think in time you’re going to see everyone just kind of transition, and this is just kind of the the way that racing can kind of evolve at times. I think the styling may change a little bit. It may make some some small tweaks, but overall the truck handled really good. I thought it looked good on the track. It did take a little bit of getting used to because again, i think the finisher body looks awesome nothing. I would really want to change about the looks of of the finisher body and it’s, just a little bit different when you’re used to looking at something you know going around the track to then then have your eyes focused on something new. So now that i’m home from the event i’m going to actually do a bit more back to back testing to compare lap times.
But at the end of the day, what matters is performance. So, even if you you, maybe aren’t super fond of the look of of one or the other at the end of the day, we’re racing and it all comes down the performance. So when something’s winning it automatically starts to look much better so again, i’m gon na do more testing back to back. That way, you know, possibly i can give some feedback to jay concepts. If i feel like, we need to add a little bit more angle to the front window to get a little bit more down force on the front or lay it back to take a little bit off. But overall ryan mayfield went out there tq’d and won the event. He’S he’s been on a terror all year, he’s one with the finisher body he’s one with the new body but ryan had similar feelings to the body. His first day of practice, his truggy wasn’t there. He actually was practicing with my truck the first three rounds of practice and he did the same thing. He started with my finisher body. The first two practice runs and then went to the new body for round three. He made it a point to kind of not give me his feedback from his initial running. He didn’t want it to kind of hinder. My feeling, or you know, kind of put some preconceived notion in my head of of what the body might do, but ryan read out of the gate he was like when he got his truck later that night.
The next day he just started with the new body and that’s what he committed to and stuck with throughout the whole event, and, as you can see, a number of the other top drivers, even for other manufacturers. They, the people that had this style body available to them, that’s what they all used so from a performance standpoint. It was awesome. I look forward to the small tweaks and changes that paul jason and all the guys that j concepts may make to see what the kind of finished product looks like. The next thing will be again seeing what roar does with the rules. Now the rules may change how the body ends up looking when it goes into production, but at the end of the day, the roar nationals is one event pretty much all the other events. They do try to use the roar guidelines, but for the most part they don’t kind of enforce or stick to the rules quite as strict and again performance is key. So if the body is going to perform better at nitra challenge, silver state, pmb, mugan challenge ams. All these races, i think this is the direction that you’re going to see the entire industry go, and – and this is going to become the new standard for truckee racing. The final thing that i think is really nice and cool with the body is: it is a little bit lighter it’s a little bit easier to cut out and also it’s a little more compact as far as packaging goes so for hobby shop owners or anyone who Are carrying chuggy bodies? You know that they take up a lot of space, so the new bodies definitely are a little bit more friendly in that area.
Another key point that i think the average racer will be really excited about with the new bodies is it’s going to be much much more durable and the reason is with the old style body. The body is a roll cage. Typically, for me, my buggy bodies last considerably longer than my truck bodies, even though i practice more with my buggy and that’s, because when you flip over you end up on the wing and the front shock tower. So, with the new truck body, you will still see some damage to the to the roof line, but for the most part you won’t see any cracking or anything like that in the front, because the front is now split, one thing that i would recommend for the Front nose piece make sure you use a washer to secure it and possibly even a little bit of like two sided 3m tape or even shoe goo just to help secure it to the front shock tower. So again i want to hear from you guys so please, post your comments, share your good and bad feelings on the new truck bodies versus the old truck bodies. I’M. Just curious to hear i did read some of the comments. While i was at the nationals on some of the different threads at j concepts, or even when i posted some photos of the truck but there’s been a little bit more time for it to kind of, i guess sink in and and get a little bit more Used to the look of the body, so i want to hear from you guys, post in the comments and if you enjoyed this video, please feel free to like share subscribe and that way.
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